Auntie Na’s House stands at the corner of Yellowstone and Elmhurst on the Westside of Detroit. Auntie Na’s grandparents, Ernestine and Peewee, moved to Detroit from Missouri in the 1960’s, during height of Detroit’s industrial era and in the midst of some of the greatest conflict the city has ever seen. Over the past 50 years, this house on Yellowstone St. has sheltered 5 generations of Auntie Na’s family through the rise, fall, and rebirth of the city of Detroit. From the cornerstone of Yellowstone, Auntie Na’s family has weathered the storm of urban rebellion and martial law, factory closings and white flight, drug epidemics, mass foreclosures, school closings, financial collapse, bankruptcy, emergency management, water shutoffs, and fire. Through it all, we have maintained, we have survived, we have rebuilt, and we have struggled to bring the ‘unity’ back to our ‘community’. As one of the last intact and inhabited structures on our block, Auntie Na’s House has been a solid rock in the floods of time.
Our Time to Expand
One house cannot provide for all those that have passed through our gate seeking support. Now, it is time to expand our dream. We have begun to build a Village in the abandoned heart of Detroit. Out of Auntie Na’s House we have always provided food, clothing, water, shelter, education, resources and support for all those that stand in need. Over the last couple years, we have begun purchasing abandoned lots and houses on the block in order to expand these programs and build Auntie Na’s Village. So far, we have purchased 3 lots which we have converted into a Community Garden and a Playground. We have also acquired 4 houses which we are rehabilitating and will become our Medical House, Nutrition House, Clothing House and Learning House. Each one of these Village Houses will governed by a Community Board, will provide shelter for Village residents, and will have Community Outreach Programs run out of them. The Village Houses and Land will be collectively owned by our non-profit, and will be held in trust so that we may pass them down as an inheritance for the coming generations.
In Our Village We Defend the Right to Life
In Auntie Na’s Village, we provide a home for the homeless, a haven for the misfits, and a sanctuary where wayfaring strangers can live in community. We are sent the ones who life and society has left behind, has tried to crush, those who have fallen through the cracks of this broken system. What this society will not provide for us – we will provide for ourselves. Rights that are withheld from us – we will claim. We claim the rights to clean air, pure water, safe shelter, renewable energy, good food, healing medicine, communal land, and freedom. We understand these to be living rights – the rights that give you the right to life.
We Are Planting Seeds
Each person that contributes to Auntie Na’s Village, is planting a seed for a future bountiful harvest. Just as the plants in the garden are helping to feed the body and the spirit of our people, we are planting the seeds of unity and community to nourish the roots of a stronger generation. We are calling on all our supporters – past, present and future – to help us harvest unity by planting a seed for Auntie Na’s Village. This could mean giving your time, your talents, your voice, or your resources to help us build our Village. Please consider contributing to our SEEDS campaign and help us reach our goal of raising funds to construct our Village Houses, expand our Community Outreach Programs, and realize our dream for Auntie Na’s Village. THANK YOU!